A Clean Gammill Is A Working Gammill

I spent at least an entire day fighting with my Gammill while stitching the larger stars of my quilt. I had breaking thread, skipped stitches, lousy tension and generally bad quilting. Since these stars are made of many, very small pieces, I thought it was possible the seams were causing the problem. But I tried changing the needle to a new one, then changing the needle to a smaller one. Didn’t work. I tried loosening the quilt, retreading, changing the angle on the thread guides. No help.

Finally, I lowered the height of the hopping foot which actually did help but didn’t completely solve the problems. I also read that the bobbin thread shouldn’t be wound hard as a rock, especially thinner thread. So I re-wound a bobbin with the bobbin thread tension one full turn looser. Stitches were better once again but not good enough. Thinking I might have to re-time the machine (which I hate to do), I unscrewed the screws to the throat plate and found thread wound around the works several times, along with a bunch of well compacted fuzz. Now I religiously clean my machine, so I was surprised how much mess I found. After cleaning my stitches are looking good and thankfully, I made progress today.

Here’s a couple of pictures. Right now I’m working with cream thread and will go back to the blue area to stitch the leafy feathers later.




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Cars Quilt a Hit

The last grandchild (out of 11) to receive a quilt is a little guy just 3 years old. Cars or actually anything with wheels is tops with him. So I simply used a cars panel and added borders. I quilted his name in contrasting thread in one of the borders. Quilt-wise, it is definitely not anything special. But when this little one laid down on the couch and said, “I want my blankie,” it became special indeed.



Amazing how little children learn new technology. Angry Birds is for everyone!

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